Prayers for Evangelical Believers:
A Prayer in Light of the Virginia Tech Tragedy
by Ed Vasicek
Our hearts were grieved and traumatized when we heard of the disastrous and senseless mass shooting at Virginia Tech. As bystanders, we marveled that anyone would kill so many innocent people for no objective reason -- other than the killer's impersonal, calculated, and misdirected rage.
Lord, although we value our ability to make choices, sometimes we regret that we not only have choices between good and better, but also between evil and horrendous evil. And it saddens us that sometimes we are the victims of choices others make.
O God, words cannot express the intensity of our desire that You somehow comfort the family and friends of those who have died. We ask You to help them through this immediate shock, and help them as they grieve and address their anger in the weeks, months, years, and decades ahead. It takes years to build lives, but only seconds to destroy them. You create good things, O Lord, and evil is the spoiling of the good. Although we grieve most painfully over the deceased, thousands of others have been victimized and traumatized.
We pray that You would help heal those who were wounded. Minster to the physical, psychological, and spiritual needs of all involved: the survivors, the grieving families, the traumatized law enforcement and hospital personnel, indeed, the entire campus. May each one turn to You to find the strength to go on, we pray, in Jesus' Name, Amen.
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